More po­lice to bol­ster North’s ranks

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS -

EIGHT new po­lice for Townsville will hit the beat over the com­ing year as part of the State Gov­ern­ment’s com­mit­ment to de­ploy­ing an ex­tra 266 new of­fi­cers statewide.

Min­is­ter As­sist­ing the Premier on North Queens­land Co­ralee O’Rourke said the re­cruits were among 87 firstyear con­sta­bles sworn in at a spe­cial cer­e­mony in Bris­bane yesterday.

“In the Bud­get last week, we com­mit­ted $ 28 mil­lion to de­liver an ex­tra 266 po­lice over the next year,” Ms O’Rourke said. “It’s my job to en­sure our re­gion’s voice is heard around the cab­i­net ta­ble and I’m com­mit­ted to en­sur­ing that our busy and grow­ing city gets its fair share of new po­lice.”

Townsville MP Scott Stewart said the of­fi­cers would be posted across the Townsville Po­lice Dis­trict and spend their first year learn­ing on the job from some of the city’s most se­nior of­fi­cers.

Thuringowa MP Aaron Harper said the Gov­ern­ment had also com­mit­ted to the con­tin­ued op­er­a­tion of the Townsville Rapid Ac­tion and Pa­trol group.

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